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As Congress Looks to Fund the Government for Next Year, Trump Tries to Rescind Funding for This Year

If the calling card of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and appropriations process was a mixture of procrastination, partisan bickering and a total budgetary disconnect between House and Senate leadership, it looks like the Fiscal Year 2019 budget could actually be marked by something approaching regular order and bipartisan compromise...the Trump administration's attempts to throw a wrench in the works notwithstanding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


Breaking The Deal: Trump Tries to Undo FY18 Appropriations

It is perfectly normal to assume that the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations package that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump last month was a done deal. But, these are not normal times and the Trump administration has once again signaled their disdain for normal order by indicating that they may try to take back up to $60 billion of the agreed-upon funding levels through an infrequently used process called rescission.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 13, 2018


An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 2018


Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget…3 months into 2019

It took six months, five continuing resolutions and two government shutdowns, but Congress finally passed its Fiscal Year 2018 funding early on Friday morning. The $1.3 trillion spending package was a bit of a mixed bag for HIV advocates.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 23, 2018


Omnibus Fails to Invest Adequately in Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases

In the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, H.R. 1625, Congress failed to secure an additional $100 million to the viral hepatitis programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address opioid crisis-related infectious diseases.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 23, 2018


Poison Pill Riders Threaten to Derail Budget Talks

House Republican leadership has been angling to release a funding bill to wrap of the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 all week.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 16, 2018


Senate Holds Hearing on 340B Drug Pricing Program That Helps HIV Service Organizations

In recent months, the 340B Drug Pricing Program has garnered a significant amount of attention from members of Congress and from The White House, leading HIV advocates to worry about the potential for legislation and regulations that might affect much needed resources from Ryan White Program clinics, STD clinics, community health centers and safety net hospitals.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 16, 2018


Reproductive Health Policy Riders Dampen Hopes for a Year-Long Spending Deal

It is anyone’s guess whether Congress will be able to avoid it’s sixth short-term spending bill in as many months, but if they can’t, it will almost certainly be due to a slew of ideological demands and policy riders imposed by House Republicans and the Trump White House, particularly around women's reproductive health.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 09, 2018


Despite Budget Deal, Congress Slow to Make Progress on Appropriations

Sitting 4 weeks out from another fiscal cliff, lawmakers in Congress don’t appear to be in any hurry to fund the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). Despite passing a substantial, 2-year budget deal earlier this month that lifts spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities by nearly $300 billion, Congressional appropriators have yet to determine amongst themselves exactly how to allocate the funds across various priorities.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 23, 2018


Better Late Than Never: Congress Approves Budget Deal After Brief Shutdown

After the briefest—and most unnecessary—government shutdown in U.S. history, Congress passed a 2-year budget deal Friday morning to lift spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities, provide much needed funding for disaster relief and community health centers, and keep the federal government open for another 6 weeks while appropriators in Congress continue work on a long-term spending bill.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 09, 2018

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